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(2016) BioResources, 11 (3), pp. 6320-6334.

Organic acid lignin-based polyurethane films : Synthesis parameter optimization

Llovera, L., Benjelloun-Mlayah, B., Delmas, M.


- Polyurethane (PU) films were prepared by solution casting using a three-component system, namely, a novel solvolytic lignin, polyethylene glycol (PEG), and tolylene 2,4-diisocyanate (TDI), with dibutyltin dilaurate as a catalyst. An important objective was to incorporate as much lignin as possible. To this end, PU film synthesis was optimized by varying the lignin content (30 to 70 wt.% with respect to PEG), isocyanate-to-hydroxyl (NCO/OH) stoichiometry (0.8, 1, 1.2, 1.5, and 1.8), and PEG molecular weight (400, 600, and 1000).
- The results showed that the films derived from PEG 600 and a NCO/OH ratio of 1.5 were synthesized with a maximum content of 70% lignin, with respect to PEG. The effects of lignin content on the tensile properties and the thermostability of the PU films were studied.
- The onset decomposition temperature (TOD) of the lignin PU films reached an average limit of 310 °C, regardless of the lignin content, and 260 °C for a PU film without lignin. Thus, the addition of lignin, as a PEG substitute in polyurethane films, leads to better thermal stability. Furthermore, breaking stress, Young’s modulus, and Shore hardness of PU films increased constantly with lignin content, without reaching a maximum.